Steve Mann; Interrogative Art, Performances, Cultural Criticism, etc...
Surveillance and Ready Made Martial Law in the Anthrax Age
ISEA 2002, October 27 to 31.
- DECONference 2002: Freedom from the
possibility of carrying contraband or contamination.
CYBORG: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the
Wearable Computer published by Randomhouse Doubleday
(found by WWW search with word "cyborg" on the chapters.com site).
not just surveillance, in response to terrorism
- 35mm motion picture
film about wearable computing...
"Cyberman, is about a genius computer geek at the U of T who
created the world's first wearable computer." -- Globe and Mail
other Cyberman reviews.
Subjectrights: an alternative to the concept of Copyright.
- Seatsale: an exhibition
of Seat Licensing in San Francisco.
Prior Art: Art of Record for Personal Safety
The exhibit features the world's first true wearable computer,
along with other wearable computers from the last twenty years,
juxtaposed against an ultra modern mass decontamination facility with
Internet connected sensor operated showers and
body-scanning machine vision systems.
The exhibit highlights the interplay between individuals
(wearing computers or other cyborg technology) and the police state
that strips its civilians of their clothing and their dignity.
There is also a
curatorial essay for the exhibit.
- Seatsale: social commentary on
Microseconds and Years: an exhibition
of Lightvector Paintings at the Olga Korper Gallery
- Reflectionism and
Diffusionism Leonardo 31(2)
More on art (invited plenary lecture at Ars Electronica, along
with a week long performance piece there called "Sicherheitsglaeser"):
Retrospective exhibit of various embodiments of the
WearComp/WearCam inventions from over the last 20 years,
with an emphasis on embodiments selected to question the
role of surveillance in society:
Another exhibit of various embodiments of Mann's
"wearable computer" (WearComp) invention
from over the last 20 years, at the Stedelijk Museum,
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- Exhibit at
pARTs photographic arts gallery, March 1999
- Reflectionist issues in Humanistic Intelligence
- Empowerment: Fundamental Issues in
Wearable Computing (Prof. Mann's ICWC-98 Keynote Address)
BlindVision... wearable radar with vibrotactile output, etc.
- Wearable Wireless Webcam.
- A manifesto on privacy
issues of wearable cameras, etc.
Smart clothing: Turning the tables
(how wearable technologies can protect our
privacy and freedom as the world around us
becomes "smarter" and more intrusive)
- Periodicity in Perspective
Beyond digital photography: The new imaging renaissance.
Mathematical theory behind "Personal Imaging", as published in
Sep.'97 issue of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
- Inivited talk for Immedia98,
U. Michigan, Feb. 7, 1998
- Invited submission to INFOWAR (adapted from
- WearComp: A first step toward "Personal Imaging"
An historical account of the WearComp project.
(This paper may also be
viewed as one single html file,
or a PostScript version may be downloaded).
Wearable, Tetherless, Computer-Mediated Reality
(with possible future applications to the disabled)
Picture of Steve, wearing various embodiments of
his "wearcomp" invention (WARNING: moderately large file,
may TAKE A WHILE TO LOAD AND DISPLAY)
A light overview in the popular press (e.g. how
the "WearComp" project was brought to MIT in 1991, etc..).
if that file's too big, a smaller on is also available:
- Origins of Cyberfashion (Toronto in
the 1980s) retrospective fashion show,
was grand finale gala closing event at
Technology Entertainment and Design
(TEDCity), and was
described in various
publications such as Flair.
Prof. Steve Mann
University of Toronto
Department of Electrical Engineering, Room S.F. 2001,
10 King's College Road; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; M5S 3G4
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